Actor Dave Madden, best known for his role as Reuben Kinkaid, an aggravated band manager, in the 1970s hit sitcom, “The Partridge Family,” died on Thursday in Florida at the age of 82.
According to reports, Madden died of congestive heart and kidney failure at a hospice center near his home in the Jacksonville area.
Madden’s co-star Danny Bonaduce wrote on Twitter, stating: “Dave Madden was a great guy & like family to me. He taught me to drive a car when I was 10. One of many great memories. I’ll truly miss him.”
“The Partridge Family,” which ran on ABC from September 1970 to March 1974, revolved around the life of a widowed mother and her five children who form a band.
“His relationship with Danny Bonaduce is what made the show work,” the series' star, Shirley Jones, reportedly said about Madden. “This strange, mad little boy and the grown man who was even worse as a father figure.”
She added that though Madden played a man who was always troubled by the children surrounding him, in reality, he “loved kids.”
Apart from “The Partridge Family,” Madden appeared in popular comedy show “Laugh-in” and also played the recurring role of Earl Hicks, a diner customer, in the sitcom “Alice.”
In 2007 he published a memoir, “Reuben on Wry.”
Jones reportedly said: “Dave was a great person and was one of the reasons ‘The Partridge Family’ worked so well. He will certainly be missed.”